Nashville SC had, by all indications, a solid debut season. Could it have been better? Sure. The team was as high as second in the Eastern Conference in the USL Power Ratings (whether a simple projected final table based on games played, or on strength of results), but finished eighth. They also had a fallow period in the middle of the season with just 14 … Continue reading Project 2019: Identifying and addressing last year’s weaknesses
From Club release: NASHVILLE (January 8, 2018) – Nashville Soccer Club has added depth at two key defensive positions as it signed defender Malcolm Stewart and keeper Danny Vitiello to the 2019 squad, pending league and federation approval. While born in the United States, Stewart, 22, qualifies as a Jamaican international and was a member of Jamaica’s U-17 World Cup qualifying squad in 2013, U-20 squad … Continue reading Nashville SC signs Malcolm Stewart, Danny Vitiello
The latest entry in #Project2019. We’ve looked at the personnel turnover for Nashville SC from multiple angles this offseason, but there’s one important question remaining: what needs have yet to be filled? The club has augmented its offensive and defensive ranks with all-league-caliber talent, including the top two scorers in USL last year (both on loan from Nashville MLS), a couple players who were on … Continue reading Building a Nashville SC roster: What are the remaining needs?
We know Nashville has added tons of top–end USL talent in recent weeks, but is there a way we can quantify that? In Soccernomics, Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski assert that roster spend is the most important factor in determining league position (and imply a causal relationship – you can read my overall thoughts and some skepticism on the soundness of some of those takes in … Continue reading Project 2019: Assessing moves so far with TransferMarkt
The next phase in Project 2019. We officially know who is staying and who is going for Nashville SC, We also know three of the signings to join the team for 2019. What gaps still remain? Goalkeeper Matt Pickens The Boys in Gold will need to find a true backup keeper, and a third-stringer who is comfortable getting very few minutes. The playing time demands … Continue reading Nashville SC: Building a depth chart for Project 2019
From Club release: NASHVILLE (November 14, 2018) – The majority of the main contributors of Nashville Soccer Club’s successful inaugural season that finished in a USL Cup Playoff appearance this season will be back for 2019, pending USL and federation approval. Each of Nashville’s 12 highest minutes-played contributors will be back next year, including all four primary defenders and starting keeper on the league’s second-best defense. … Continue reading Nashville SC announces returning players
The latest edition in a series of indefinite length that I’m labeling “Project 2019.” In this stop, looking for more players who could join the Boys in Gold for the final USL season before MLS arrives in Nashville. This time? Players who have past connections to the Nashville SC technical staff. Players for the inaugural USL roster for Nashville SC came from a number of … Continue reading Building a Nashville SC roster: Players with coaching connections